Poll: Which one should i save for?
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View poll results: Which one should i save for?
Micheal Kelly Patriot Custom
2 11%
Michael Kelly Valor x
0 0%
Ibanez rg1570
3 17%
Ibanez S520EX
6 33%
Washburn x50
3 17%
Washburn Wi65 pro
1 6%
Esp ltd Mh103qm
3 17%
Yamaha RgxA2
0 0%
Voters: 18.
#1
Okay I may end up saving for a new guitar because my current one is driving me up the wall and its becoming a pain. I quite like the ibanez wizard II neck so something similar would be nice but not essential, basically as long as its comfortable for my small hands im happy. My price range will most likely be under £350 im not sure just yet as i have rent to pay. So far i have been looking at these;

Michael Kelly Patriot Custom
http://www.soundslive.co.uk/product.asp?id=9206

Michael Kelly Valor X
http://www.soundslive.co.uk/product~name~Michael-Kelly-Valor-X---Spalted-Burst~ID~9208.asp

Ibanez rg1570 (although a bit on the expensive side)
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Ibanez-RG-1570-MRB-Mirage-Blue-Electric-Guitar_W0QQitemZ250269481646QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item250269481646&_trksid=p3286.m14.l1318

Ibanez S520EX
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/IBANEZ-S520EX_W0QQitemZ130238283909QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item130238283909#ebayphotohosting

Wasburn x50 pro (or fe)
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=260261391343&Category=33048&_trksid=p3907.m29

Washburn Wi65pro
http://machinehead.co.uk/product_info.php/cPath/21_49/products_id/270

Esp ltd Mh103qm
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370067376373#ebayphotohosting

Yamaha RGXA2
http://www.gear4music.com/Yamaha_RGXA2_Electric_Guitar_Whitesefv_5.html?gad=COO_5foBEgjUTSM1_6-iXBi0mZL_AyDfv5AR

Well thats all i have seen in the price that looks any good so far so if any of those seem good in terms of playability, sound, value then please let me know, or if you guys have a better idea i would like to hear it. Thanks UG
My Beginner setup:
Ibanez rg321mh
Roland Micro cube
#3
The LTD and Yamaha aren't exactly great values. Then you'll have to ask yourself "do I want a floating trem?". The Washburns and MK's are great for the money. The Ibanez's will need a pickup change but have great trems.
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#4
i don't know if you're a fan of LP style guitars, but if you want good sustain, amazing playability, melodious tones and a good price to boot, I would suggest going for the Vintage V100. Comes in a variety of colours, so whatever floats your boat really.

http://www.dv247.com/invt/35390/
- thats the V100 in cherryburst finish. It's the one I have but it's just so sexy. not hyperlinked tho cuz im lazy
#5
Do you want a trem or not? It's damn near impossible to compare something like the RG1570 to say, the Michael Kellys.
#6
i have the s520
they are great...im fine with the pickups that were stock...but if you upgraded to a set of dimarrzios...wow...
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#7
Quote by hrdcorelaxplaya
Do you want a trem or not? It's damn near impossible to compare something like the RG1570 to say, the Michael Kellys.


yeh sorry lol i suppose it is a bit open ended i just literally have no idea what i want i like all of them. I have never used a trem so im not sure if it will be a burden or not. A luthier i know says that he can block it or something to make it easier to change strings and stuff but im not too sure. Really though i want comfort more than anything
My Beginner setup:
Ibanez rg321mh
Roland Micro cube
#8
As a rule of thumb: If you don't know if you need a double locking trem, you don't need it. They are for very specific purposes and most guitarists have no use for them. That, and they are a pain in the ass to set up.
Anyway, what kinds of music do you want to play with the guitar? If you are going for a better sound, replacing your amp and maybe the pickups might be a better solution, because you can get a nice tube amp for the money these guitars cost and the RG you have is not a bad guitar by any means.
#9
I loved my rg when it was new, but now it sucks, fret buzz all up down the board on the top two string makes play power chords horrible. you cant even hear them over the buzz. I have tried getting it fixed, and it just keeps doing it and im giving up on it. I have a seymour duncan invader in the bridge as well with throught the r-fier setting on the microcube gives me an alright metal sound as well as a good rock sound thru the brit combo setting its just a shame that it buzzes and feels awkward to play because of the inconsistent action....and can i just ask when exactly would you know you do need a trem? is it just a day when you need to play something that requires it? or a desire to have one?
My Beginner setup:
Ibanez rg321mh
Roland Micro cube
#10
Well, it depends on your style of playing. If you like the sound of extreme vibrato and divebombing, a double locking trem is the only way to go. Non-locking tremolos allow for less spectecular use only, but are easier to set up. If you never missed a trem on your guitar though, you can as well get another fixed bridge model, as they are cheaper. Many professionals don't use tremolos because they have no use for them, I myself don't want one as well. Meh, just try some guitars with trems and see if you like them I guess.
About your RG:
Sorry for being a dick about this, but what exactly did you do to get rid of the buzz? Did you only raise the action or did you adjust the truss rod as well? If so, maybe the frets are uneven. Getting that fixed at a repair shop will be a lot cheaper then buying a new guitar.
Sorry, I just don't want you to blow out a load of money when it's not necessary.
#11
I'd get the Ibanez S520EX, purely 'coz I love my whammy bars and I haven't got a floating one atm.

But I agree with TheQuailman; if you don't need a double-locking trem, don't get one. They really push up the price of things, and they're a bitch to set up.
#12
nah Quailman you dont sound unreasonable at all, I will take it to mansons and see what they can do first, I have adjusted the truss rod as well as the action but it gets to the point that the action at the middle of the neck is very high compared to the rest and so it makes it weird to play. I just dont really want to keep blowing out £40 every couple of weeks to get it set up ya know. I am currently using .10-.46 strings which are what were on it stock would it be a good idea to try a higher gauge? like 11-50 or somin?
My Beginner setup:
Ibanez rg321mh
Roland Micro cube
Last edited by lwayneio at Jul 13, 2008,
#13
Quote by Green_Jelly
The LTD and Yamaha aren't exactly great values. Then you'll have to ask yourself "do I want a floating trem?". The Washburns and MK's are great for the money. The Ibanez's will need a pickup change but have great trems.


what is wrong with the esp and yamaha? are they just not worth the money?
My Beginner setup:
Ibanez rg321mh
Roland Micro cube